A lesson in creating apathy

August 25, 2013 

How our Unit 10 School District board handles their actions, causes taxpayers to be uninformed and in turn causes apathy on the part of those who finance it: Lack of transparency is the culprit.

On Aug. 19, a public hearing was held for the area vocational program. Board President Gary Pecolla said it was published in the paper and gave an opportunity for public input, but no one participated.

Unit 10 property taxes are almost half of the total of the other seven taxing bodies in Collinsville. The city and some others are road, township, recreation district and the library.

The published agendas say approval of minutes, but failed to say for what meeting. Why not? For a person to address the board on Aug. 19, the minutes for five weeks previous had not been approved. Why not?

Superintendent Green is a member of a city subsidiary body that video broadcasts its meetings, but Unit 10 does not even broadcast its regular meetings. Why not? The Open Meetings Act states the likes of the budget meetings must be held at times that are convenient to the public. The May 14, June 10, and July 8 were held at 4:30 p.m. Why not 6:30 p.m.?

I believe Unit 10 works at not being transparent to nurture apathy.

Bob DesPain

Collinsville

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